Nearly jackknifed truck on South Washington causes nighttime traffic delay

As the evening rush of vehicle traffic passed through downtown Sonora Friday night, a red Freymiller truck towing a 53-foot trailer attempted to turn left from Bradford Street to the southbound lane of South Washington Street and struck the side mirror of a truck parked along the street in front of The Candy Vault.

At 7:17 p.m., the front of the big rig was jutted out into the southbound lane, nearly jackknifed in the road. The passenger-side front of the trailer, exposed by the sharp angle of the left turn, had impacted the driver side of the truck and forced the driver of the big rig to get out of the vehicle and survey the damage.

“The damage did not appear to be hit and run or anything like that,” said Sonora Police Department Acting Chief Turu VanderWiel.

A Sonora Police Department officer and a community service officer responded as multiple vehicles turned around performed to get around the accident.

Traffic control was set up on both sides of the accident, VanderWiel said, with officers directing traffic.

The investigating officer determined both drivers had valid licenses, he said, and no suspicious activity warranted further investigation into the contents of the truck or its intended destination.

VanderWiel said that, despite the spectacle, situations such as the Friday accident were not uncommon.

“We have similar situations in the city on occasion because of narrow streets,” he said.

Relying on GPS directions, especially for out-of-area drivers in big rigs, he added, “gets you down the wrong road” and can cause the traffic accidents and delays.

The call was cleared by 7:42, VanderWiel said.

Bar patron threatens business owner with compound bow

A Jamestown man was arrested outside the Rawhide Saloon in Jamestown Saturday night after a barroom argument escalated to the man threatening to shoot the owner with a compound bow.

Just after 9 p.m., deputies responded to a report that a man in a white shirt with long black hair, who was talking to the bouncer had threatened to get a cross bow and arrows and shoot everyone, Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office logs said.

Deputies learned the man had been asked to leave several times due to being “belligerent,” Sgt. Andrea Benson said, but he had refused.

The man made the threats after being forcibly removed from the bar, and the owner believed the man would return and cause him harm, she added.

Serafin Pulido, 21, a mechanic from Jamestown, was booked on suspicion of threatening crime with the intent to terrorize.
His bail was set at $25,000 and he bailed from the Tuolumne County Jail on Sunday.

Billy club and meth found in transient man’s vehicle

A Tuolumne man was arrested early Sunday morning when a traffic stop and vehicle search uncovered methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and a billy club in his vehicle.

About 2:45 a.m., a Tuolumne County Sheriff’s deputy pulled over a vehicle on the 16900 block of Chicken Ranch Road for being operated by a person with a suspended driver’s license, Benson said.

The man could not provide proof of insurance on the vehicle, and a search was conducted of the interior.

A billy club was located between the driver's seat and the driver door jamb, she said, as well as syringes filled with a clear liquid, a spoon with a piece of cotton and an unknown white substance on it, and a rubber container with methamphetamine residue inside of it.

Frederick James Trambley, 39, was booked on suspicion of possession a dangerous weapon and misdemeanor charges driving with a suspended license and possession of a controlled substance paraphernalia.

His bail was set at $20,000 and he was released on his own recognizance later that day.

Contact Giuseppe Ricapito at (209) 588-4526 or gricapito@uniondemocrat.com . Follow him on Twitter @gsepinsonora.

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